World Intellectual Property Day – 26 April 2011

Today marks the 11th annual World Intellectual Property Day, an event established by theWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to dispel the notion of IP rights as recondite legal or business issues and “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”. The day is also dedicated to “celebrating creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe.”

This year, under the banner of “designing the future”, WIPO will hold a number of eventsspread across 5 continents to draw attention to “the role of design in the market-society and in shaping the innovations of the future.” In the UK, for instance, The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has created a special World IP Day homepage and other activity featuring:-

• messages from the UK Minister for Intellectual Property (Baroness Wilcox) and the IPO design team;
• a selection of articles about World IP Day from UK Intellectual Property support organizations;
• a collection of useful World IP Day web links from around the UK; and
• timeline of ‘a year in review’ of new IP initiatives launched by the IPO in the past 12 months, and Information about some FREE IP tools and advice from the IPO.

In a message introducing the event, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry emphasises the role of design in drawing consumers to one product over another and ultimately determining the commercial success or failure of a product. “Design has been called ‘intelligence made visible’” comments Francis, “[it is] where form meets function. Behind every new design is a desire to break new ground, to improve and to enhance user experience and to enhance consumer experience.”

ICOMP strongly believes that Intellectual Property Rights foster innovation by enabling content creators to enjoy the commercial fruits of their efforts and is committed to creating an environment in the online markets under which all stakeholders fully respect the rights of authors and publishers while encouraging investments in innovation and the emergence of sustainable online business models.

The ICOMP Secretariat